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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9525 on: July 16, 2014, 09:17:48 PM »
Why do we throw coins into a fountain and make a wish?



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« Reply #9526 on: July 16, 2014, 09:18:47 PM »
How often can/should you clip a cat's nails? I've never had a cat before (the kitten apparently does not mind) who'd let me do it, so I really have no clue!

When they are pointy and stick to your clothes or furniture.   The other answer is,  when they allow it.
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« Reply #9527 on: July 16, 2014, 09:21:04 PM »
How often can/should you clip a cat's nails? I've never had a cat before (the kitten apparently does not mind) who'd let me do it, so I really have no clue!
Cats' claws grow from the inside out, in a way.  If you clip your kitten's nails, you may see that they are sort of layered like an onion.  (This is easier to see on an older cat with bigger claws.)  Once you have clipped them, they will stay dull until that layer of claw has been stripped off.  Cats scratching on things aren't "sharpening their claws" because claws aren't like kitchen knives.  What they are doing is stripping away that dulled layer.  You might see what looks like a whole claw caught in the scratching post; the cat hasn't somehow torn off a claw, but just stripped that blunted sheath off in one piece to expose the new sharp layer beneath it. 

Which is a long-winded way to say "Whenever they get sharp again."  ;D   Congrats on having a kitten who will let you do it!
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« Reply #9528 on: July 16, 2014, 09:27:31 PM »
How do you pronounce latte?  I've always thought it was lah-tay.  Yesterday, I called Cafe Latte to order a cheesecake and the guy who answered rhymed the name, so it was Cuh-fay Luh-tay.  Have I been pronouncing latte wrong for the past 20 years?

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« Reply #9529 on: July 16, 2014, 09:28:43 PM »
How often can/should you clip a cat's nails? I've never had a cat before (the kitten apparently does not mind) who'd let me do it, so I really have no clue!

When they are pointy and stick to your clothes or furniture.   The other answer is,  when they allow it.

Or when they start snagging on the carpets.  ;) Alternatively, when the claw tip is long enough to safely clip off without nicking the "quick" (the pink core of the claw).

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« Reply #9530 on: July 16, 2014, 10:48:25 PM »
I know next to nothing about real estate, so I want to know if this is normal. DF and I are looking at buying a house. I requested to view one from an agent and he asked if I would be willing to sign an agreement that I wouldn't work with another company. That seems outrageous to me, especially when all I did was request a viewing. "Hey, I know this is the first date, but let's get married tomorrow!" That's what it feels like to me.

I think it's common for selling a house - you agree to list with one agent at a time, basically - but not at all for a buyer's agent.
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« Reply #9531 on: July 17, 2014, 12:05:18 AM »
How do you pronounce latte?  I've always thought it was lah-tay.  Yesterday, I called Cafe Latte to order a cheesecake and the guy who answered rhymed the name, so it was Cuh-fay Luh-tay.  Have I been pronouncing latte wrong for the past 20 years?

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« Reply #9532 on: July 17, 2014, 12:45:54 AM »
How do you pronounce latte?  I've always thought it was lah-tay.  Yesterday, I called Cafe Latte to order a cheesecake and the guy who answered rhymed the name, so it was Cuh-fay Luh-tay.  Have I been pronouncing latte wrong for the past 20 years?

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« Reply #9533 on: July 17, 2014, 06:44:04 AM »
Why do we throw coins into a fountain and make a wish?

The coins are offerings to the water deities who grant the wishes. Pretty sure its a Celtic tradition but wouldn't be surprised if it was also common in other cultures.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #9534 on: July 17, 2014, 08:02:16 AM »
I know next to nothing about real estate, so I want to know if this is normal. DF and I are looking at buying a house. I requested to view one from an agent and he asked if I would be willing to sign an agreement that I wouldn't work with another company. That seems outrageous to me, especially when all I did was request a viewing. "Hey, I know this is the first date, but let's get married tomorrow!" That's what it feels like to me.

I think it depends on the area in general and the broker/agency.  But, it can benefit you with the right agent.  If you sign an agreement with an agent as a buyer, they should do a LOT of work for you.  You tell them the particulars of what you want (area, size, price, etc.) and they go through the listings for you, come up with a few to show you and take you through those houses. 

This works particularly well if you have a limited amount of time in an area that you are not familiar with.  They know the area and they have the inside information on the market. 

The times we have done this, we've set up showings and signed the contract then.  They are not going to do all this work for you without knowing they will be paid for it when you buy a house. 

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« Reply #9535 on: July 17, 2014, 08:18:39 AM »
I know next to nothing about real estate, so I want to know if this is normal. DF and I are looking at buying a house. I requested to view one from an agent and he asked if I would be willing to sign an agreement that I wouldn't work with another company. That seems outrageous to me, especially when all I did was request a viewing. "Hey, I know this is the first date, but let's get married tomorrow!" That's what it feels like to me.

I think it depends on the area in general and the broker/agency.  But, it can benefit you with the right agent.  If you sign an agreement with an agent as a buyer, they should do a LOT of work for you.  You tell them the particulars of what you want (area, size, price, etc.) and they go through the listings for you, come up with a few to show you and take you through those houses. 

This works particularly well if you have a limited amount of time in an area that you are not familiar with.  They know the area and they have the inside information on the market. 

The times we have done this, we've set up showings and signed the contract then.  They are not going to do all this work for you without knowing they will be paid for it when you buy a house. 



True and I have used services like this in the past. However, in this case, the OP says that the agents weren't offering any particular services in exchange for the exclusivity. They might even have such services but that was such a bad sales pitch that I would run away in any case!

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« Reply #9536 on: July 17, 2014, 12:15:02 PM »
I know next to nothing about real estate, so I want to know if this is normal. DF and I are looking at buying a house. I requested to view one from an agent and he asked if I would be willing to sign an agreement that I wouldn't work with another company. That seems outrageous to me, especially when all I did was request a viewing. "Hey, I know this is the first date, but let's get married tomorrow!" That's what it feels like to me.

I think it depends on the area in general and the broker/agency.  But, it can benefit you with the right agent.  If you sign an agreement with an agent as a buyer, they should do a LOT of work for you.  You tell them the particulars of what you want (area, size, price, etc.) and they go through the listings for you, come up with a few to show you and take you through those houses. 

This works particularly well if you have a limited amount of time in an area that you are not familiar with.  They know the area and they have the inside information on the market. 

The times we have done this, we've set up showings and signed the contract then.  They are not going to do all this work for you without knowing they will be paid for it when you buy a house. 



True and I have used services like this in the past. However, in this case, the OP says that the agents weren't offering any particular services in exchange for the exclusivity. They might even have such services but that was such a bad sales pitch that I would run away in any case!

It sounds to me like the OP contacted the seller's agent to request a showing.  It is standard to have that agent's name and contact information with any listing, in any format (online, print signage).  Since most agents I've dealt with are not exclusively buyer's or seller's agents, they are always trying to drum up business wherever and whenever possible.  Making contact is the first step. 

I agree it was a lousy sales pitch....a little too hard sell for my taste.  Especially since (I assume) she was asking to see one of his listings.  The problem comes when/if OP has a different agent that may show them that house.  Both agents will have shown the same house....who should receive that portion (the buyer's agent) of the commission?  That's the reason so many will push for a contract.

The important thing to remember is that when you buy from the listing agent without an agent of your own, there is an inherent conflict of interest and you will be expected to sign a document agreeing to the agent's dual role. 
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« Reply #9537 on: July 17, 2014, 05:14:42 PM »
When they are pointy and stick to your clothes or furniture.   The other answer is,  when they allow it.

Cats' claws grow from the inside out, in a way.  If you clip your kitten's nails, you may see that they are sort of layered like an onion.  (This is easier to see on an older cat with bigger claws.)  Once you have clipped them, they will stay dull until that layer of claw has been stripped off.  Cats scratching on things aren't "sharpening their claws" because claws aren't like kitchen knives.  What they are doing is stripping away that dulled layer.  You might see what looks like a whole claw caught in the scratching post; the cat hasn't somehow torn off a claw, but just stripped that blunted sheath off in one piece to expose the new sharp layer beneath it. 

Which is a long-winded way to say "Whenever they get sharp again."  ;D   Congrats on having a kitten who will let you do it!

Or when they start snagging on the carpets.  ;) Alternatively, when the claw tip is long enough to safely clip off without nicking the "quick" (the pink core of the claw).

Okay, thanks! I figured it was something like that but just wanted to make sure. :) I'll give it a try after I've fed the cats their dinner.
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« Reply #9538 on: July 17, 2014, 07:32:47 PM »
When they are pointy and stick to your clothes or furniture.   The other answer is,  when they allow it.

Cats' claws grow from the inside out, in a way.  If you clip your kitten's nails, you may see that they are sort of layered like an onion.  (This is easier to see on an older cat with bigger claws.)  Once you have clipped them, they will stay dull until that layer of claw has been stripped off.  Cats scratching on things aren't "sharpening their claws" because claws aren't like kitchen knives.  What they are doing is stripping away that dulled layer.  You might see what looks like a whole claw caught in the scratching post; the cat hasn't somehow torn off a claw, but just stripped that blunted sheath off in one piece to expose the new sharp layer beneath it. 

Which is a long-winded way to say "Whenever they get sharp again."  ;D   Congrats on having a kitten who will let you do it!

Or when they start snagging on the carpets.  ;) Alternatively, when the claw tip is long enough to safely clip off without nicking the "quick" (the pink core of the claw).

Okay, thanks! I figured it was something like that but just wanted to make sure. :) I'll give it a try after I've fed the cats their dinner.

I got my Holly-cat from the local RSPCA, and one of the things they do while socialising their kittens is handle their paws to get them used to it. Any time a staff member needs to interact with one of the kittens (and I presume puppies) that isn't an emergency, they briefly hold and move the paws, push the side of the lip up to have a look at their teeth, and give them a quick pat/snuggle. It only takes a few seconds, and because they do it so often (and gently!) the cats take it in their stride. Holly doesn't mind having her paws messed with and claws clipped whenever I start getting stabbed in the leg. ;)
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« Reply #9539 on: July 17, 2014, 08:35:37 PM »
Why do we throw coins into a fountain and make a wish?

In many ancient cultures, objects of value were thrown into bodies of water as offerings to the gods.  It could be that tossing a coin into a fountain or a wishing well is an echo of this sort of sacrifice.